|A scene on Lance's new Los Angeles layout|
|Sean and William check out the Aquia Line|
|Ed K trying out the loco sound equipped headsets|
|Option 4 layout|
It's also track planning time of the year. (OK, I just made that up. It's always track planning time). This latest idea, Option 4 is a maximum scope Aquia Line. It just about doubles the Aquia Line man line run at the expense of omitting Burnside wharf, which is now just modeled as a staging track behind Aquia. Of all the plans I have been looking at, this one is appealing to me the most. The longer main line across two rooms really makes TT&TO operations more interesting.
This matrix is a little different because Option 4 is only one layout, not a pair. So you can't compare sum of pairs scores. But Option 4 scored the highest of any single layout I looked at. However, Option 1 also scored highly.
|Matrix with 4 latest options|
For completeness sake, here is layout option 3. This one is an interim design that uses a shared staging concept. By doing this, Aquia's Line staging is much more user friendly, but the PoLA layout loses the yard jobs. Thus the design is basically my current PoLA times 2. It creates two mediocre layouts.
Option 4 is one outstanding layout. It can take 4-6 operators, plus a dispatcher.
Right now, Option 1 or 4 looks like the way I am going to go. I'll do the build in two stages. The first stage is the unfinished peninsula. That should take me up to Prorail 2018. By then I should have retried. Then, I'll disassemble PoLA and move the CW layout in its place either Aquia Landing or Burnsides's Wharf. That's the plan for now, until I change my mind again. :)